Our Vibrant Art Scene
Christchurch's vibrant art scene is visible throughout the streets and public spaces of the city with lively painted murals and art installations. Galleries are scattered all over the city, inviting visitors to explore unique paintings, photography, pottery and much more.
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
The biggest and certainly the most famous of them all: the Christchurch Art Gallery has something for everyone. The art on display ranges from old masters to modern art. The Art Gallery also runs regular events including talks, museum tours and film evenings. Montreal Street, 7 days a week 10am - 5pm, with a late night on Wednesday's from 5 - 9pm.
Centre of Contemporary Art CoCA Christchurch
If you like modern and abstract art, then CoCA is for you! The art on display is not always straightforward, a visit to CoCA will widen your horizon and challenge the way you view art. 66 Gloucester Street, 10am until 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am until 3pm Saturday & Sunday, Closed Mondays & Public Holidays.
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Jonathan Smart is a leading Christchurch gallerist that runs two galleries in Christchurch: The Jonathan Smart Gallery and The Central. The Jonathan Smart Gallery is dedicated to showing contemporary visual art ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and moving image work. 52 Buchan Street, Wednesday - Friday 11am - 5pm; Saturday 11am - 3pm.
Chambers Art Gallery
The Chambers Art Gallery has built up a reputation for exhibiting the work of leading New Zealand artists and newcomers. The art on display is very broad: painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, pottery and installation. 80 Durham Street, Sydenham, Tuesday – Friday 10:30am – 5.00pm, Saturday 11am - 3pm.
Ilam Campus Gallery
The School of Fine Arts has an exhibition space for the art classes of the University of Canterbury and the wider Canterbury region. Block Two, School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm.
The Physics Room
The Physics Room is a contemporary art space dedicated to developing and promoting contemporary art and critical discourse in Aotearoa New Zealand. The gallery hosts exhibitions, artist talks, performances and discussions. The Physics Room goal is to actively seek links between the arts and other areas of cultural production and to involve art as a contributing voice in wider intellectual, social and political debate. 49 – 59 Worcester Boulevard, Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm.
Fiksate is an urban contemporary art gallery and artist studio space located at 54 Hawdon, Sydenham. The in-house artists range from painters to stencil artists, designers to multi-disciplinary practitioners and writers. Alongside a revolving schedule of exhibitions, Fiksate also hosts workshops and visiting artists. Hours vary.
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery
The Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery is based in Riccarton and offers a full range of different art styles which is constantly changing. The building itself is also designed to be a piece of art. Make sure to join a tour around the Buddhist Temple while visiting the gallery. 2 Harakeke Street, Riccarton, Tuesday - Sunday 9.30am - 4pm.
Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
Explore more than three thousand years of human history through an amazing collection of artefacts from Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern cultures at Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities. UC Arts City Location, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch, Wednesday - Sunday, 11am- 3pm.
The Little River Gallery
Stoddart Cottage Gallery
Stoddart Cottage Gallery is the birthplace of one of New Zealand's foremost 19th century artists, Margaret Stoddart - the cottage is situated at Stoddart Point, Diamond Harbour. Exhibitions by local artists change monthly. 2 Waipapa Avenue, Diamond Harbour, 10am - 4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, most public holidays and other times by arrangement.